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There’s plenty to see and do in Hull and East Yorkshire. Stunning country houses include The Elizabethan houses of Burton Constable and Burton Agnes which boast extensive grounds, galleries and family-friendly gardens and play areas. Elsewhere, there is Sledmere, a stately home with gardens and a handsome estate village with its art gallery and magnificent monuments. Most northerly and arguably most spectacular is Sewerby Hall. As well as the handsome Georgian house, there are landscaped and walled gardens, a zoo and a museum dedicated to Hull-born aviation heroine, Amy Johnson.
Beverley brings together an inviting combination of old and new, with the stand-out attractions the Minster and the Westwood, an area of common land with views of the town. The town itself has been significant since the 7th century. The Minster is over 800 years old and is considered one of the greatest Gothic churches in Europe.
Hull has gained recognition as a place where a day really isn’t enough. Though heavily bombed during the Second World War, the city still boasts magnificent buildings, some dating back as far as the 13th century. At more than 700 years old, the Minster is one of Hull’s most iconic sights. With royal origins, stained glass windows of national significance, and surviving both Zeppelin raids and Nazi bombings, Hull Minster has an amazing story to tell.
At the Streetlife Museum, exhibits and events shed light on the travel and social history of the city; the Hull & East Riding Museum, which tells the ancient history of the area and where you can see one of the Ferriby Boats, believed to be the oldest sea-going vessels discovered anywhere in the world; and Wilberforce House, the birthplace and childhood home of Hull’s most famous son, William Wilberforce. The house is now a museum dedicated to his life and work, explaining Wilberforce’s role in the abolition of slavery and the history of slavery itself.
Charges at The Deep are modest, with great family packages available, and the tour of one of the largest aquariums in Europe is worth every penny. The striking exterior has secured the building’s status as one of the most iconic in the country and the exhibits inside are both spectacular and fascinating, from sharks, rays and jellyfish to penguins and even turtles.
33 The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF
Burnby Hall is situated in the charming market town of Pocklington, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. These unique Yorkshire gardens have been described as “a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown” and have been awarded the prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for seven consecutive years (2010-2016).
The gardens are often referred to as “a haven of beauty and tranquillity” and were the inspiration of Major Percy Marlborough Stewart. He was an amazing man who made eight round the world tours between 1906 and 1926. The Stewart Museum within the gardens is dedicated to his extraordinary life and contains the fascinating artefacts he brought back to Pocklington. Visit website
Tower St, Hull HU1 4DP
is Hull’s award-winning aquarium, where the dramatic story of the world’s oceans is brought to life through magnificent aquatic exhibits, interactive displays and fact-filled presentations. Let The Deep take you on a journey of discovery from the birth of the oceans into the future, from tropical lagoons to the icy waters of Antartica. As you descend deeper, come face to face with sharks and rays amongst the 3,500 residents.
Finally walk through the stunning viewing tunnel as incredible animals glide overhead and take a ride in the glass lift through the 10-metre Endless Ocean exhibit. Daily highlights include touch pool sessions, penguin feeds, scatter feeds and a dive show. Visit website
Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS
William’s Den is an exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. It creates a unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.
This is a place where children can run wild and explore to their hearts’ content – and they have even thought of the grown ups too, with plenty of space for everyone to relax and enjoy the day together. Visit website
S Sea Rd, Flamborough, Bridlington YO15 1AE
At the Living Seas Centre, Flamborough you can discover the stunning shoreline of South Landing, what lives beneath the waves and join a range of rockpooling events and much more throughout the year. Indoor arts, crafts and interactive displays for the family. Visit website
Scarborough Rd, Filey YO14 9PG
Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park is an award-winning family-run attraction – a special mixture of animals, nature, exotic birds and gardens. This beautifully-maintained and well laid out five-acre park is surrounded by stunning Yorkshire countryside.
Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled visit with children, or a peaceful place to spend an afternoon, it’s fun, relaxing and educational for all. Visit website
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Image credits: ©Nicola Jenkins Photography/William's Den; Peter Rogers/Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum; The Deep, Hull; Tom Marshall/Yorkshire Wildlife Trust